By Sarah Story, Citizen Events Editor 08/23/12
The Chesterfield County Fair opens today and continues through Sept. 1 at 10300 Courthouse Rd. There will be midway rides, a carousel, vendors and exhibitors, the Miss Chesterfield pageant, contests, festival fare and more. Hours of operation are 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturdays and 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday. Daily gate admission is $8 for adults, $5 for seniors, $3 for children ages 6-12 and free for children under five. Wristbands for unlimited midway rides are $25. For details, call 768-0148 or visit http://www.chesterfieldcountyfair.org .
West End Comedy will present an all-ages show at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 24 and a mature show at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 25 at HATTheatre, 1124 Westbriar Dr. Shows feature an improv format similar to Whose Line is it Anyway and audience suggestions. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children, students and military. For details, call 496-1714 or visit http://www.wecomedy.com .
The ninth annual Movin and Groovin event for pancreatic cancer research will take place from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Dorey Park, 2999 Darbytown Rd. The event features a 5K run, two-mile walk and kids’ fun run. Entertainment will be provided by DJ Luke Gibson, along with live music by Haze and the Transients, juggling by Jonathan Austin, PT Moonwalks and balloon fun with Miss Sheri the Clown. Funds raised benefit the Massey Cancer Center and the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. For details, visit http://www.movinandgroovin5k.org .
All ages are invited to the Summer Splash Down at 2 p.m. at North Park Library, 8508 Franconia Rd. There will be indoor and outdoor water games, including races, as well as a water gun challenge, cool treats and more. Wear clothing and shoes appropriate for water play and a towel. For details, call 290-9700 or visit http://www.henricolibrary.org .
All ages are invited to explore the different ways Civil War armies communicated during the 1860s at Dabbs House Museum, 3812 Nine Mile Rd., from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. There will also be children’s activities, games, re-enactors and tours. Admission is free. For details, call 652-3409 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
The Kings of Swing, a versatile dance and show band, will perform at 6 p.m. at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. The group plays beach music, Motown, swing and favorite hits of the 70s through the 90s. Admission is free but reservations are required. For details, call 328-4491 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
Virginia Home for Boys and Girls and Endorphin Fitness will host the VHBG Youth Triathlon from 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at 8716 W. Broad St. Boys and girls, ages 5-14, can run, bike and swim as individual racers or join a relay team. Beginners are welcome. There is also an optional five-day camp to prepare youth for a triathlon where they will receive expert coaching and experience fitness in an engaging, fun group setting. The event benefits VHBG. Registration is $45 to $55; there is an additional fee for the camp. For details, call Amanda at 270-6566 or visit http://www.vhbg.org .
Synergy Yoga Studio will host a free teacher training information session from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Karen Pace, director of Synergy Yoga, will provide information on the Himalayan Institute’s 200-hour Teaching Training Program, which provides solid foundations for Hatha yoga theories and practice. The studio is located at 11000 Three Chopt Rd. near Innsbrook. For details, call 747-YOGA or visit http://www.synergyyogastudio.com .
The Hanover Concert Band will perform on the lawn at Walkerton Tavern, 2892 Mountain Rd., at 6 p.m. Admission is free. For details, call 261-6898 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s admission has increased by $1 across all categories. Admission is now $12 for adults; $11 for seniors ages 55 and older; and $8 for children ages 3–12. Admission remains free for children ages 3 and younger and for members.
The last price increase was in 2011, before the Garden consistently hosted Butterflies LIVE! (which is included with admission). > Read more.
The threat of bad weather didn’t keep visitors away from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden July 10 for the facility’s weekly Flowers After 5 event (which pairs music and food with a chance to stroll the garden) and its monthly Fidos After 5 (which allows dog owners to bring their pets with them to enjoy the evening). > Read more.
Thanks in part to a $10,000 gift from the Western Henrico Rotary Club, another bright pink Jeep modified to travel extremely rough terrain has been delivered to Midwives For Haiti so that more pregnant women in the quake-ravaged country will have access to prenatal care and a greater chance of surviving childbirth.
The funds were raised at the annual casino night held in February, club president Adam Cherry said. The Rotary Club also helped purchase the Virginia-based charity’s first pink jeep three years ago. > Read more.
Take in a show at several locations this weekend! West End Comedy will provide laughs at HATTheatre; the production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes” will close Sunday; and the youth theatre company CharacterWorks will present “Footloose” at The Steward School. Another show perfect for the kids – “Despicable Me 2” is playing at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center tonight. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
‘Earth to Echo’ aims to become this generation’s ‘ET’
It’s no secret that all found-footage genre movies are the same. Grab a couple of characters, give one of them a camera, and expose them to something supernatural that’s content to lurk just off-screen until the last five minutes. Everything else will just fall into place.
But that formula isn’t particularly family friendly, if only because that thing waiting a few feet to the left of the cast is usually plotting their violent doom.
That’s what sets Earth to Echo apart from the pack. It, too, follows a group of characters armed with a camera and a tendency to encounter unknown life forms. But all those familiar parts have been rearranged just enough to make it suitable for a much younger audience. > Read more.
An eclectic array of events are taking place this weekend throughout the county. In the West End, we have the Richmond Wedding Expo, the Under the Stars Family Film Series and Henrico Theatre Company’s production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes.” In the eastern part of the county, we have a blood drive at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, Gallmeyer Farm’s annual Sweet Corn Festival and an origami workshop at Fairfield Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
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